Special Events

Annual Meeting

Family Connections hosted our first ever virtual Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Watch the meeting to learn about Family Connections past, present, and exciting future as we enter our next chapter, with big changes in the works!

Opening Music by Marisa Esposito from Music with Marisa funded by the Joanie Adler Program Fund.


  • Lissy Rand, President of the Board
  • Joanne Federman, Executive Director
  • Barbara Soules, Co-Founder of the Heights Parent Center.

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Family Connections
19824 Sussex Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122

Your gift helps Family Connections make a significant difference in the lives of families with young children. Thank You!

Family Connections is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Check with your employer regarding matching gifts at your work place.

18th Annual DadsDay Run
Please join our Dadsday Virtual Run!

To maintain our annual tradition, and to continue raising critical funds in support of Family Connections, we are excited to have our 18th Annual DadsDay Run, virtual style!

The virtual run will take place Sunday, June 21 thru Sunday, June 28, and ANYONE (not just dad) can walk, run or stroll as far as they want. All participants will receive an event t-shirt and a Ben & Jerry’s FREE SCOOP COUPON!


The club participants put in the miles to stay healthy and fit leading up to DADSDAY weekend! They accepted our challenge to run (or walk) and raised pivotal funds for Family Connections, whose service to families with young children is needed now more than ever.

Children, friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members were recruited as we came together while keeping our distance—with the same shared mission, but in a way unlike any of our previous 17 years supporting this great cause.

Thanks for participating in our  DadsDay Run Club!




Congratulations to Our Team Members:

The Fund for The Future of Heights Libraries 2019 winner is our own Charniece Holmes.

She was celebrated as the 2019 Door Opener.  Congratulations Charniece!







The Sister of Charity’s Champion of Central Award was awarded to our own Keesha Tolliver Funches.  Congratulations Keesha!

  I was not able to  attend the Fall Harvest Benefit but would love to make a donation!

Thanks for participating in our Annual DadsDay Run –  June 16 

  • Fun for the Whole Family
  • 5 Mile or 1 mile course through Shaker Heights
  • Runners, Walker or Strollers
  • Free KidsSprint
  • Flower Clown
  • MC & DJ RevDev playing fun music
  • Awards to top finisher, refreshments and more!

DadsDay 2019